How to Window Bag/Prep Comic Books for Comic Conventions! A Step by Step Guide.

Greetings!

I’m here to tell you how to prep your comic books for comicons like San Diego Comicon or MegaCon or even the big New York Comicon as well!  Here we go:

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter's tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

Today we will window prep an Amazing Spider-man #1 for Stan Lee to sign! You will need: Mylite2 and Fullback, 1 exacto knife, 1 sharpie black marker, skinny blue painter’s tape from the hardware store, and a small cutting board from a kitchen department store area like at Target or Walmart.

First you need a few tools:

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. Ultro Pro works, but I suggest otherwise.

Mylites2 and Fullbacks are recommended for absolute protection of your 9.8s and 9.9s. BCW works, but I suggest otherwise. Do not use Ultro Pro.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. No ultra pro. No way.

An alternative to Mylites2 and Fullbacks, I would use BCW bags and BCW boards. I do not personally like Ultra Pro because they bubble and wrinkle a lot.  This can cause problems possibly during the handling of your book.  This is only a personal preference however, do not let me scare you away from Ultra Pro.

 

Now you will need to place the fullback inside the mylite2 and slide the cutting board inside the bag/board:

Cut a hole where you want the signature to go:

Slide the cutting board out of the bag/board. Place skinny blue painter’s tape around the window you cut.

Double wrap the corners with 1″ pieces of skinny blue painter’s tape:

When placing blue painter’s tape at the top corners, be sure to place the tape below the flap line so it doesn’t get stuck when the grader is trying to remove the comic!

Write on the window box who you want to sign the comic book. In this example, Stan “The man” Lee:

When you slide the comic book in the bag/board, be sure to watch the bottom of the window against the bottom edge of your comic book:

On the opposite side, type or write on the backer board your name, address, phone number, email address. Seal the bag/board with only 1 peice of skinny blue painters tape for easy removal for the grader.  Tape or write your details sheet to the backer board that is slid inside the mylite2.

In the space provided below, write the year, title, publisher, and name of the comic book along with issue number. Write who you want to sign the book, and instruct what services you want provide. This includes any additional instructions, and fast pass, yellow label authorized signature witness, pressing, etc.

You have now finished prepping your book.
Good luck!

Of course, there are other artists, and other creators. Sometimes I feel the placement is just as important. This is how I prep all my J Scott Campbell books for his sweet Amazing Spider-man variants:

How I prep a J Scott Campbell book for his signature.

How I prep a J Scott Campbell book for his signature.

Stan Lee is getting older, and I’ve been told by some he needs more room to see where he signs. I frequently have asked for Stan Lee’s signature right on top of the THOR or SPIDER-MAN logos here:

Alternative method for prepping a Stan Lee signed comic book. Right across the top logo, plenty of space for him to sign. Good eye appeal, too.

Alternative method for prepping a Stan Lee signed comic book. Right across the top logo, plenty of space for him to sign. Good eye appeal, too.

One thing to mind is if you have tape overlapping the sides, protect the book behind it! It might not even be your book!

Do not allow tape to overlap the sides of your book! It will harm the book behind it possibly.

Do not allow tape to overlap the sides of your book! It will harm the book behind it possibly.

So use an extra piece of tape and wrap that bad boy all the way around the sides so there is NO TAPE STICKINESS on the opposite site of your book:

Double wrap any tape hanging off the sides!

Double wrap any tape hanging off the sides!

Sketch covers. What if you want a sketch? Or, better yet: What if you have like 5 people you want to sign your book? Make a BIG WINDOW!

Large window bag prep for a sketch cover book or multiple signatures. This is a good method if you absolutely don't care where your signatures go.

Large window bag prep for a sketch cover book or multiple signatures. This is a good method if you absolutely don’t care where your signatures go.

There are drawbacks, however. If you make the window too big it can bend outwards and defeat the purpose of protecting the edges of your book. Try not to make it too big. If so, double tape it with overlapping strips:

A window bag that is too big can bend outwards so double tape if this happens.

A window bag that is too big can bend outwards so double tape if this happens.

Example of a sketch cover in progress inside a large window bag prepped comic book.

Example of a sketch cover in progress inside a large window bag prepped comic book.

 

I’ve been given some sneak peeks at some books from my convention facilitator, Matt Saltzman from Trinity Comics Convention Facilitator Services. Check them out, look! This gives you an idea what they look like before getting sent off for grading with CBCS and CGC:

1991 DC Comics BATMAN #563 High Grade Newsstand Edition Early cover art by J Scott Campbell. Probably the only Batman cover before DKIII

1991 DC Comics BATMAN #563 Early cover art by J Scott Campbell. Probably the only Batman cover before DKIII

Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 Second Printing, very rare Ultrom cover art by Kevin Eastman.

Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7 Second Printing, very rare Utrom cover art by Kevin Eastman.

Amazing Spider-man #607 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover art of Black Cat

Amazing Spider-man #607 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover art of Black Cat

Marvel Comics Thor #109 So this can happen too. Fair warning. Stan doesn't always read where he should sign.

Marvel Comics Thor #109 So this can happen too. Fair warning. Stan doesn’t always read where he should sign.

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 Mary Jane cover art by J Scott Campbell, beautifully signed in gold sideways. This is a high grade Newsstand Edition, by the way.

Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 Mary Jane cover art by J Scott Campbell, beautifully signed in gold sideways. This is a high grade Newsstand Edition, by the way.

 

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane cover by Adi Granov

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane cover by Adi Granov

New Mutants 100 signed by Fabian Nicezca and Rob Liefeld

New Mutants 100 signed by Fabian Nicezca and Rob Liefeld

Jennifer Blood Risque Topless Virgin Variant Edition, Signed by Tim Bradstreet and soon Garth Ennis

Jennifer Blood Risque Topless Virgin Variant Edition, Signed by Tim Bradstreet and soon Garth Ennis

Amazing Spider-man signed by Joe Jusko

Amazing Spider-man signed by Joe Jusko

Marvel Punisher Action Figure Variant Cover - Signed by Vincent D'Onofrio and Jon Bernthal

Marvel Punisher Action Figure Variant Cover – Signed by Vincent D’Onofrio and Jon Bernthal

Commission by Chad Hardin, artist of Harley Quinn

Commission by Chad Hardin, artist of Harley Quinn

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane as the Iron Spider, signed by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Dan Slott

Amazing Spider-man Mary Jane as the Iron Spider, signed by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, and Dan Slott

Machete movie poster photo variant cover, signed and sketched by Danny Trejo

Machete movie poster photo variant cover, signed and sketched by Danny Trejo

Back to the Future - Signed by Biff Tannen, Tomas F Wilson

Back to the Future – Signed by Biff Tannen, Tomas F Wilson

Star Wars 1 Luke Action Figure Variant Cover - Signed by Mark Hamill

Star Wars 1 Luke Action Figure Variant Cover – Signed by Mark Hamill

That should cover it! If you have any questions email me and I can refine the guide!

Thank you

KaptainMyke

 

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2015 Liquid Comics Wes Craven’s COMING OF RAGE #1 CBCS 9.4 Bloody White Collector’s Edition Variant 100 Copy Print Run NM+

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2011 DC Detective Comics 1 Signed Tony Daniel CBCS 8.5 Dollmaker

2011 Marvel UNCANNY X-MEN #544 Signed by STAN LEE CBCS 9.8 Final Issue! CBCS 9.8 GRADED COMIC BOOK SIGNED BY WORLD FAMOUS STAN "THE MAN" LEE!

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Stan Lee. Rose City Comicon. PHOTOS are UP! 9/10/2016



You may ZOOM IN on any photos as I am hosting them on my site, www.kaptainmyke.com. (shameless plug) I went to Rose City Comicon in Portland, Oregon just for the day on Saturday, 9/10/2016…

I purchased a Stan Lee VIP Package and a 2-Day Ticket.  I also purchased 10 Stan Lee Autograph Tickets as well. I drove for 3 hours from Seattle at 5am and got  there by 8am. What started off fine became sketchy at 10a when VIP holders like  myself lined up and nobody who worked for the con knew where to go or what to do.

I received my VIP package and this is what was inside:






Have to be stamps. That 93 yr old man did NOT sign that perfect signature imo. Or the table full of 2016 collectibles ammassing 500 items signed by him, such as POP Funko figures, posters, prints, and the like.  Not when you down below further.

Also in the package was these 2 exclusive Stan Lee Collectibles variants:




Limited copies each worldwide?

I have no idea as of yet.

Regarding the autograph tickets.  The scanners would not work either. I was told my 10 autograph tickets would be scanned by Stan’s handlers. I get to the front of the line. They tell me and the others we have to go back and get the printed out autograph tickets by the counter where the VIP packages are. (Where we WERE)

We walk back there to the VIP table. The scanner isn’t working. Says the tickets are all already scanned.

It’s now 11am.

Stan Lee has to leave and go do the photo op at 11am. Bye! Come back at 1:30 after Stan has lunch. SMH  I even got into a minor altercation with a stranger who wanted to butt into a conversation I was having with an event staff “henchman”.  I squashed it and moved on.

 

I went to hunt down Stan Sakai. I didn’t have a map or a program.  Nobody game me one when I passed 3 doorways. I found him finally. He signed my mint on card Peter Laird signed Space Usagi Yojimbo action figures and original release figures, a set of 2 of them! 4 total! And he signed all his Ninja Turtle appearances in any of the comics (4 total) and Groo the Wanderer that was also signed by Sergio Aregonnes. Stan did pencils or inks I think if I remember correctly. It was a pleasure to meet him. CONFIRMED: Stan Sakai himself told me Usagi Yojimbo is coming back to the new TMNT cartoon and the new TMNT toy line. Just as I said!

He we go:

Stan Sakai signed comics:

1987 Mirage Studios TMNT One-Shot Special TURTLE SOUP, signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

 

1986 Mirage Studios TMNT One-Shot Special DONATELLO micro-series, signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

 

1992 Mirage Studios TMNT #44, the first appearance of Usagi in a Ninja Turtle comic book – signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI in GOLD at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

 

1985 Epic Comics, GROO the WANDERER #2, signed by creator Sergio Aragones and now signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI in GOLD at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.


2 sets of Stan Sakai influenced action figures (one set is for sale): 1991 TMNT Space Usagi Yojimbo MOC UNPUNCHED Signed by Peter Laird and now signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.


This one is FOR SALE for $110 shipped with plastic case  Click to buy now!

1989 TMNT Usagi Yojimbo MOC UNPUNCHED with ruby headband signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.


This one is FOR SALE for $125 shipped with plastic case Click to buy now!

 

 

I linger around 12:30 and ask a lady to scan my autograph tickets at the VIP table.

They. all. work.

It’s now 1pm. I cut in front of everyone and say, “It’s okay. I know what I’m doing.”

I get my books signed. I ask the handler (who looks A LOT Like ROMITA SR LOL) to be extra careful with my 1963 original FIRST PRINTING Amazing Spider-man #1.  Both covers completely detached from one another and the book.  There is one piece loose from the upper left corner of back cover but it’s all there.  He asks where I’d like it signed. I tell him, “In the middle”. He leans over and gets in Stan’s face and shows him directly within inches where to sign the very precious and very fragile book. He signs it just fine. I sigh a major relief. This book is like glass.

The next 10 are in a pile.

Starting with New Mutants #1 est. 9.4 with a very vain Rob Liefeld’s signature in the center (lol).  Stan smears his signature with his sleeve when he lifts the book and hands it off.  (Sigh)






 

Next? Amazing Spider-man #300. THE 300. He signs it at a weird janky 45 slant starting 90 degrees then it’s like they turned the book for him in mid sign or something. It’s not bad. But it looks…odd.

 

Then I had him sign 2012 The Defenders #1 Volume 4. Terry and Rachel Dodson signed it, and Matt Fraction (while Stan was off doing photo ops). He signed it a little crooked and janky but it’s there.  The “S” looks weird though.  I sighed a little relief on that one. There you go! 4 signatures!


Then I proceeded to put my books away as others are getting signed and passed off. Amazing Spider-man #129 1st Punisher, signed by Stan Lee and Gerry Conway


Amazing Spider-man #122 Death of Green Goblin , signed by Stan Lee and Gerry Conway

and Amazing Spider-man #121 Death of Gwen Stacy , signed by Stan Lee and Gerry Conway

 

 

Again, he signed them okay but the signatures are… janky. The rest of the books he signed okay but they are just…off.

 

1966 Amazing Spider-man #1 Golden Record Reprint WITH record, VF


1966 Amazing Spider-man #1 Golden Record Reprint WITHOUT record, FN


1979 Marvel Premiere 47 1st and origin of ANTMAN now signed by Stan Lee.



a better closeup:


1981 Avengers Annual #10 First ROGUE, First Madelyne Pryor. Signed by Gerry Conway inside front page, and now Stan Lee on the cover:




Honestly, If I wasn’t there in person I’m not so sure I’d be able to verify them. Reminds me of other posts on this very forum as I’m sipping coffee in the morning
I was like, “nah, I’m not so sure that’s a real Stan Lee, brah”. Now I get it. To whoever that was: Yep, it probably was his signature.  I told Stan Lee it was “a pleasure to meet him again” and his handler leaned over to him and spoken in his ear what I just said to him.   He really did look frail.  Poor Stan.

 

It’s now about 2pm – 2:30pm.

Next I met Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. This was my first time meeting both of those 2. That was a pleasure and they double
signed my Gamestop Exclusive Harley Quinn #29 comic. Jimmy Palmiotti in gold, and Amanda Conner in Red:

 

She signed her Before Watchmen books for me too.

 

2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 Variant signed by Amanda Conner


2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 signed by Amanda Conner


2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #2 signed by Amanda Conner



2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #3 signed by Amanda Conner

 

 

 

2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #4 signed by Amanda Conner


I bought a 2016 IDW TMNT Batman Art Germ variant



and 2 blank sketch cover 2016 Image Comics Walking Dead #100.


I am going to do my own versions of zombie Ninja Turtle core character themed sketches on the covers of these 2 2016 Image Comics Walking Dead #100 blank sketch editions…

 

 

I bought some SWEET and very rare apparently FRENCH bootleg Ninja Fighter Turtles



and a loose Lee Falk Phantom action figure too! I can’t find him anywhere online or ebay because of the unpainted shorts




 

 

I’m super tired driving straight back home from Portland back to Seattle same day.  I had fun but never Stan Lee again. Ever. Probably a bad idea I went against those  who warned me and I didn’t take the advice about Stan Lee signing your books.  You should take the advice. I’m actually worried that CBCS won’t verify my signatures.  What will they do with the partially smeared Stan Lee signature? I’m sure that  effects grade but then you start splitting hairs on whether or not an autograph  vandalizes or degrades a comic book, right? Only time will tell after I receive  them back with red labels. In the meantime all the books have or will be sent  off to CBCS.

 

I enjoyed meeting Stan Sakai and Amanda Conner x100 times more. I  think I’m just going to go back to my turtles now.  Rose City Comicon henchmen
and other staff need to step up their game with VIP customers.  I had a great  time and I’m not bitter I promise!  Stan just looks frail and I know he loves
doing the conventions but we all must know when it’s time to end it on a high note.

That is all for now!